A photo labeled "Floor debate" from the Official Facebook Fan Page of State Senator Suzi Schmidt.

Recordings of 911 calls are raising the question of whether state Sen. Suzi Schmidt sought to use her political clout to influence Lake County authorities during several domestic disturbances with her husband.

After quarreling with her husband and locking him out of their Lake Villa home last Christmas, Schmidt called 911 and identified herself as the former Lake County Board chairwoman, then said she was having a "little" problem with her husband and instructed that, if he called police, "you can ignore him."

After the dispatcher explained to Schmidt that "we can't ignore anything," Schmidt went on to say, with a laugh, that her husband was "kind of afraid of me 'cause he knows I have connections."

Schmidt's husband, Robert, did call police who responded, but no injuries were reported. Authorities declined to press charges against either party in that incident or two others in August and September when the senator was accused of ramming her car into her husband's car and biting him and striking him with a cell phone, according to 911 recordings and police reports.

Reached at her Lake Villa district office Wednesday, Schmidt declined to comment except to say that media reports on the domestic matters contained factual errors. She would not elaborate.

Later Wednesday, Schmidt released a statement saying: "I never intended to inappropriately use my title. However, I apologize if any of my comments during this very emotional time seem inappropriate. I am taking the appropriate steps to deal with these issues. … In the meantime, I remain committed to serving the citizens of my district."

Reached at home Wednesday, Robert Schmidt, 64, a real estate appraiser, said: "I'm not going to comment. The whole thing in my opinion is a private matter, and I prefer not to discuss it."

The recordings and reports were released by the Lake County Sheriff's Department following a Tribune Freedom of Information Act request.

On the Christmas recording, Schmidt said she had just caught her husband with another woman, "so I'm a little upset."

In two subsequent domestic disturbances with her husband, the conflict seemed to escalate.

On Aug. 16, Robert Schmidt called 911 to say his wife had rammed his car with her Cadillac two or three times. Lake County sheriff's police responded, and found her car was damaged, but she denied the accusation, saying she had a minor collision with someone else but hadn't reported it to authorities. Police referred the matter to the Lake County state's attorney's office, but no charges were filed.

In the third incident, Monday night, Robert Schmidt called to say his wife was "attacking" him, and bit him on both forearms and scratched his face.

Suzi Schmidt at one point denied the accusations, calling him a liar. But when he told the dispatcher that she bit him, she was heard saying: "You bet I did."

Schmidt told police her husband knocked her to the ground, got on top of her and struck her in the left eye.

Sheriff's deputies again responded, reported a large, bleeding cut on Robert Schmidt's forearm consistent with a bite, and a red mark under Suzi Schmidt's eye. They referred the matter to prosecutors, who again declined to file charges. Assistant State's Attorney Steve Scheller said the Schmidts engaged in "apparently mutual combat."

"It was a case that couldn't be proven in court," Scheller said.

A Sheriff's Department spokesman, Lt. Christopher Thompson, said the responding deputies weren't aware of the details of the 911 call but submitted full reports to prosecutors.

"We feel our deputies and dispatchers acted in a very professional and efficient manner, and treated this case like any other 911 call," Thompson said. "If somebody's requesting help, we certainly respond no matter who the person is."

Thomas Homer, the Illinois General Assembly's inspector general, said he was "not able to comment." The Illinois attorney general's office also had no comment on the matter, referring questions to the Lake County state's attorney. State's Attorney Michael Waller's office did not respond to a request for further comment.